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  • YWAM in a few sentences
  • DTS in summary
  • Some interesting fact about Namibia
  • Visas for entering Namibia

YWAM in a few sentences:

With over 18,000 staff volunteers serving at 1,200 centres, YWAM is one of the largest Christian charitable organisations in the world.

Youth With A Mission began as an organisation to help young people get involved in the global purposes of God.

As YWAM has grown over the years, it has developed as a family of ministries.

Each YWAM location is responsible for initiating training programmes planning outreaches, recruiting staff, fundraising and defining their objectives.

YWAM’s many ministries fit into three main categories: evangelism, training, and mercy ministry. Through these ministries, we desire to see God’s transformation in every sphere of society.

DTS in summary:

The Discipleship Training School (DTS) seeks to bring you into a more intimate relationship with God. It also gives you an opportunity to discover your passions and your part in God’s purposes for the world. It is for those who long to follow Jesus in new ways with a different perspective.
The course is a full-time program and lasts five or six months. It consists of two parts: lecture phase and outreach phase. In the lecture phase, you will learn more about God and His world. You’ll learn not only from lectures but also from community living and practical training. The outreach phase focuses on applying what you learned in the classroom through an intense, cross-cultural experience.
(Taken from where you can read more on DTS)

As someone stated: “The YWAM Discipleship Training School is more of an experience than it is a school.”

A DTS is the requirement for joining the YWAM staff team and also for YWAM second-level schools. It is where the YWAM journey to know God and to make Him known, starts.

Some interesting facts about Namibia:

Namibia is on the south western end of Africa on the Atlantic Ocean. It has some 1,570 km of coastline and it shares borders with South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Angola.

A diverse, multi-cultural population of around 2.64 million people.
With population density of less than three per sq km, Namibia is the most sparsely populated country in Africa.

There are 44,140 km of roads, 15 per cent paved.

Namibia is one of the world’s major producers of uranium; it was fifth largest in 2012.

The country has three broad topographical zones: the Namib Desert to the west; the Kalahari Desert to the east; and the Central Plateau with the climate varying between arid, semi-arid and sub-humid.

It is one of the driest countries on earth and yet has a rich wildlife with some species such as elephant, lion and wild horses that adapted to living in desert conditions.
There are some 200 recorded species of birds. The Etosha National Park is the country’s most famous reserve and one of the largest in the world.
Namibia supports at least 345 different grasses and 2,400 types of flowering plant.
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Namibia gained full, self-governing political independence in 1990.

Windhoek is the capital of Namibia, in the country’s central highlands. The city has an estimated population of about 300,000.

Visas for entering Namibia

Please note that visiting teams and short term volunteers from outside of Namibia will need to apply for a work visa. It is a fairly easy procedure. Additional costs are involved and you need to allow about 10 working days for the visa to be processed. The work visa is usually valid for 3 months.

Non-Namibian long term staff need to apply for a work-permit. This is a longer, more complicated and more expensive procedure. You need to allow about 4 months for the permit application to be processed. The work permit is commonly valid for 12 months and is renewable.

Of course we will assist you with both of the above.